Antwerp: Ten years after it debuted at the Iberjoya Jewellery Fair in Madrid, there will be a World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) ‘InterBourse’ pavilion at the eighth edition of BrilliANT, the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF). The WFDB Interbourse pavilion, which will accommodate members of visiting bourses in a ‘trading hall’ type set up, will be able to host up to 12 ‘trading positions.’ However, if demand exceeds that number, the organizers will expand the space to make room for more participants.
“The ADTF is an outstanding networking opportunity for diamantaires from bourses outside Antwerp to take part in the ADTF, both as exhibitors and visitors, to meet and do business with visiting jewellery manufacturers and retailers, to trade with their Antwerp-based colleagues and, last but not least, to use the three days of the fair to liaise and expand their trading networks,” said Ya’akov Almor, the ADTF’s communications director.
The WFDB Interbourse pavilion, which has received the blessing of the WFDB leadership, will be housed in the trading hall of the Antwerpsche Diamantkring, the only – rough diamond trading hall in Antwerp and the world. “Of course, we hope to welcome delegations from the European bourses which are closer by, such as Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Almor said. “But we are also encouraging bourses in other parts of the world to engage their members, put together a delegation, and not to miss this unique opportunity!”
Michel Nasielski, of the ADTF’s organizing committee, said that the decision to include international exhibitors is a logical outcome of the growing, international recognition of the fair. “While we remain true to the principle that the fair is rooted in the heart of Antwerp’s diamond trade, offering a low threshold to visiting buyers, we responded to requests to include foreign exhibitors as well.”
The foreign exhibitors will be hosted in the trading hall of the Antwerp Rough Diamond Bourse (de Antwerpsche Diamantkring) and part of the hall will be dedicated to the WFDB Interbourse pavilion.